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July 2020
July 2020
ISBN (Digital): 

Health Now: An Integrative Approach to Personal Health

Version 3.1 By: Linda B. White
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Key Features:

  • Includes information about COVID-19.
  • Standard organization with a cross-section of information on various approaches to healthy living: conventional, holistic, complementary, and integrative.
  • Overall integrative theme shifts away from a primary focus on treating disease to an emphasis on keeping patients healthy in the first place. Addresses all aspects of an individual’s health, not just physical considerations. Encompasses a variety of relevant, evidence-based therapies to optimize health and avoid disease.
  • Healthy aging is highlighted throughout through a focus on modifiable risk factors.
  • Features summaries of historical milestones culminating in our current understanding of health.
  • Videos from health organizations that help cement or augment many of the presented concepts and best practices.
  • Replete with self-assessments and recommendations for a healthy lifestyle.
  • Customizable.

Health Now: An Integrative Approach to Personal Health is suitable for courses on Personal Health or Introduction to Health that cover basic information about how to get and stay healthy.  This course is generally taught at the undergraduate level at most two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Health Now: An Integrative Approach to Personal Health is an introduction to personal health that presents and identifies lifestyle changes that promote health and wellness and prevent disease. Students will learn how personal habits ripple outward, affecting not only themselves, but also their loved ones and, ultimately, the local and global environment. Students will develop a firm grasp of health basics and health literacy that encourages them to consult credible sources for answers.

New in This Version:
  • Version 3.1 includes information about COVID-19 and how to prevent or slow its transmission, how to minimize risk of contracting the infection, and the increased risk of adverse outcomes for individuals who are older, smoke, or have underlying health conditions such as high-blood pressure, COPD, obesity, diabetes, and immunodeficiency. Version 3.1 also discusses the novel coronavirus’ impact on stress, well-being, domestic violence, substance abuse, mental health, and the environment.


  • Reflects the recent updates to Version 3.0
    • Enhanced recommendations for use of technology in relation to health.
    • Updated information on smoking, vaping, alcohol, drugs, and the opioid epidemic.
    • Included more information regarding personal safety, with new information on gun violence, gender discrimination, and sexual harassment.
    • New information on stress and sleep.
    • Added information on emerging cancer treatments, such as immunotherapy.
    • Incorporated current data on impacts of climate change and developments in national and international efforts to control carbon emissions.

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Homework System for this title will be live by July 01, 2020.
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Health for Life

  • 1.1 Defining Health and Wellness
  • 1.2 Global and National Health Concerns
  • 1.3 Take Charge of Your Health
  • 1.4 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 2: Conventional, Complementary, and Integrative Medicine

  • 2.1 Conventional Medicine
  • 2.2 Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • 2.3 Holistic Medicine and Integrative Medicine
  • 2.4 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 3: Stress: Keeping Your Balance in a Hectic World 

  • 3.1 Overview of the Stress Response
  • 3.2 The Downsides of Stress
  • 3.3 How to Become Less Stressed
  • 3.4 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 4: Sleep

  • 4.1 The Function of Sleep
  • 4.2 Regulation of Sleep and Wakefulness
  • 4.3 States and Stages of Sleep
  • 4.4 How Sleep Changes with Age
  • 4.5 Sleep Deprivation: Running on Empty
  • 4.6 Sleep Disorders
  • 4.7 How to Sleep Better
  • 4.8 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 5: Mental Health

  • 5.1 A False Dichotomy
  • 5.2 Mental Disorders
  • 5.3 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 6: Social and Gender Health

  • 6.1 Defining Social Health
  • 6.2 Sex and Gender: Influences on Health
  • 6.3 Sexual Relationships
  • 6.4 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 7: Sexual and Reproductive Health

  • 7.1 Men’s Sexual Health
  • 7.2 Women’s Sexual Health
  • 7.3 Sexual Function, Safer Sex, and Contraception
  • 7.4 Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • 7.5 Pregnancy and Infertility
  • 7.6 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 8: Nutrition: Eating Right for Life

  • 8.1 Nutrition Basics
  • 8.2 Healthy Eating
  • 8.3 Food Safety
  • 8.4 Combating Hunger and Malnutrition
  • 8.5 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 9: Physical Fitness

  • 9.1 Fitness Basics
  • 9.2 The Impact of Physical Activity on Your Health
  • 9.3 Your Exercise Plan
  • 9.4 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 10: Body Weight

  • 10.1 Body Image and Body Composition
  • 10.2 Overweight and Obesity
  • 10.3 Body Image Disturbances and Eating Disorders
  • 10.4 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 11: Substance Use Disorders and Addictive Behaviors

  • 11.1 Defining Substance Use Disorders
  • 11.2 Tobacco
  • 11.3 Alcohol
  • 11.4 Opioids, Depressants, and Stimulants
  • 11.5 Marijuana, Hallucinogens, Club Drugs, and Inhalants
  • 11.6 Behavioral Addictions
  • 11.7 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 12: Personal Safety

  • 12.1 Unintentional Injuries
  • 12.2 Intentional Injuries
  • 12.3 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 13: Immune System Health

  • 13.1 Immune System Overview
  • 13.2 Immune System Dysfunction
  • 13.3 Fortifying Immune Function
  • 13.4 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 14: Coping with Common Infections

  • 14.1 Understanding Infections
  • 14.2 Respiratory Infections
  • 14.3 Gastrointestinal Infections
  • 14.4 Central Nervous System Infections
  • 14.5 Skin Infections
  • 14.6 Urinary Tract Infections
  • 14.7 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 15: Preventing Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease

  • 15.1 Diabetes Mellitus
  • 15.2 Cardiovascular System
  • 15.3 Common Cardiovascular Diseases
  • 15.4 Keeping Your Cardiovascular System Healthy
  • 15.5 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 16: Cancer: Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

  • 16.1 Defining Cancer
  • 16.2 Types of Cancer
  • 16.3 Detecting, Diagnosing, Treating, and Living with Cancer
  • 16.4 Preventing Cancer
  • 16.5 Recommended Resources
  • Chapter 17: Environmental Health

  • 17.1 Humans and the Environment
  • 17.2 Climate Change: Causes and Consequences
  • 17.3 Recommended Resources
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    Linda B. White Metropolitan State University of Denver

    Linda Blachly White (MD University of California, San Diego) received B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Stanford University in addition to an MD. Following two years of residency training at the University of Colorado in Denver, she taught human physiology for several semesters in the biology department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Prior to her passing, Linda devoted herself full time to freelance writing, editing, and consulting.
    Between 2004 and 2014, Linda returned to MSU Denver and developed and taught courses in the Integrative Therapies Program. These classes include Stress: Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Treatment, Sleep Science, Physiology of Aging, Dynamics of Health, Pediatric Holistic Health, Herbal Medicines, Botanical Pharmacology, and Writing for the Health Professions.
    In 1990, Linda published her first book: The Grandparent Book (Gateway Books). She also contributed chapters to Consumer Guide’s The Complete Pregnancy and Baby Book (Publications International, 1987) and Maximum Food Power for Women (Rodale Books, 2001). She coauthored Kids, Herbs, & Health (Interweave Press, 1999), The Herbal Drugstore (Rodale, 2000), and 500 Time-Tested Home Remedies and the Science Behind Them (Fair Winds Press, 2013). In 2010, she worked as a contributing editor for National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs and Other Healing Plants. She also was a contributor and advisor for Complete Guide to Natural Home Remedies (National Geographic, 2012). 
    Linda's articles have appeared in Sesame Street Parents’ Guide, Mothering, Runner’s World, Vegetarian Times, Herbs for Health, Herb Companion, Pediatrics for Parents, Nutrition Science News, Natural Home, Natural Pharmacy, Delicious Living, Nutraceuticals World, Great Life,, Taste for Life, Remedies, Mother Earth News, and Mother Earth Living.
    Linda lectured nationally and internationally, including at the Smithsonian Institute and three universities in Xi’an, China. She appeared on local television as well as CNN and Good Morning, America

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